Today’s Tech Savvy guest is Aparna Vashisht, a woman who wears multiple hats as a mom to Josh and Julian, an accomplished professional, and the founder of Parentella. Aparna conceived of Parentella to serve as a resource to bridge the gap between parents, their children, and the people who nurture their children outside the home from her experiences with her own children. Parentella is a safe and trusted private network for sharing news about schools, daycare, extracurricular activities, and your neighborhood that was created with Aparna’s personal touch and global vision. Today Aparna is here to share Parentella and let you know how you can use it to stay connected to what happens at school.
Question: “What happened at school today?”
Child: Nothing or “The usual”.
Some days are better than others where I get more information from my child. Those days, it would be nice to share that with other parents who got “Nothing” as a response.
Parentella helps create a place online where parents help one another make sense of the classroom information we’re given by schools and sometimes, if we’re lucky, our kids. By sharing with other parents, we can (finally!) get a clear answer the question “what happened at school today?” compare notes about homework and school events, volunteer to assist in the classroom, and help one another get more involved in our kids’ educations.
Our children spend so much time at school. Parentella enables conversations around our children’s daily lives at school. Homework, class events, class news, questions, or discussions are enabled on the site. You no longer have to feel alone trying to figure out what is an IEP plan or struggle alone with the algebra homework that your child got in the math class. Parentella also helps with online signups for class and school events such as (Parent-Teacher conferences, Staff Appreciation Potlucks, Book Fairs, etc.)
Room parents or parents can set up the class for other parents and the teacher. Teachers can also set up the classroom and invite all the parents in the class. Once the class is set up, teachers can share class related information. A true collaboration can begin to help students do their best. Parents are empowered with relevant, context rich, and helpful information and more time. No more fishing through the backpack, leafing through stacks of paper or feeling frustrated.
With Parentella, you can ask a different question now.
Empowered Parent: The Solar System model is due this week, Do you need help with it?
Parentella is on Twitter and hosts #PTLA chats every Wednesday at 9 p.m. EST. The purpose of the chat is to bring parents and educators together and begin a conversation. To find out
more about the #PTLA and the topics that will be discussed, visit Parentella’s Facebook page.
This guest post was written by Aparna Vashisht (pictured above), Founding Mom and CEO of Parentella. Aparna received an MBA from UCLA while managing a global media licensing organization and her family. She built Parentella using the drive and tools she learned working in complex business scenarios.
No compensation was received for this guest post.
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